Sunday, October 14, 2012

How to Encourage Your Toddler to Drink Milk

So you've transitioned from nursing or formula to milk, except your toddler hates it!! UGH!  Believe it or not, this is extremely common.  Many children can't stomach the taste of milk at first introduction.  Don't panic, there are solutions.

If you are really eager to help your child acquire the taste, here are some tips:

* Start with non dairy milks like coconut or almond. If your child likes these begin to slowly add whole organic cow's milk to the mixture. Not too much though, they'll be on to you ;)  Slowly increase amounts added to the mixture until they are mainly consuming the cow's milk.

* Start the introduction with cereal and let them acquire the taste that way.  For toddlers we recommend Weetabix (can be found at Traders Joe's); it dissolves into a mushy, easy to eat texture.  Plus it's super healthy!

* Add milk to all-natural fruit smoothies.  We like to buy frozen fruits like pineapple and mangoes.  Add milk and bananas and you have a delicious snack!

A child can acquire the taste over time so stay patient and don't give up.  Think of it as a marathon not a sprint.

In the end your toddler can get enough calcium from yogurt and cheese and other plant based sources such as broccoli.

Any tips and tricks that have worked for you?  Please share!

1 comment:

  1. So helpful! Can't wait to try the cereal from Trader Joe's!